Smart Cover Erases Hotel Keycards

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Pete the Geek, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Pete the Geek macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2011
    Sioux Lookout
    I recently stayed at a hotel and my room keycard stopped working three times. In one case, I had stepped out of the room with just my keycard and my iPad 2.

    On checking out, I did a little experiment. I checked that the card was working, then I lightly brushed it against the edge of the closed Smart Cover. The card no longer worked. This surpised me, as I expected it to take contact with the open cover or with the stronger hinge magnets.

    The message is keep your hotel keycards away from your Smart Cover and avoid setting the keycard down on any ferrous surface shared with the SmartCover.

    This could also be an issue for any cards that are encoded by small portable units, such as library and student cards. I *think* that credit cards take a much stronger magnetic field, but I won't be taking any chances :eek:.

    P.S.: I took video of my experiment, but all my fumbling to hold my iPad, iPod Touch and keycard gave me motion-sickness when I watched it!
  2. Xultar macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2010
    I was gonna post this! You are so right. IT IS SO ANNOYING!!!!!! OMG people. ANNOYING!!!! Thanks for posting this.
  3. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    put a hotel card in your wallet just the right way and your other charge cards will erase it...facts of life...
  4. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    And be careful putting iPad 2 with Smart Cover near hard disks also. My friend's MBP hard disk has many corrupted files, which could be attributed to Smart Cover's strong magnet (earlier iMacs with magnetic remote holders were also notorious for corrupting external hard disks).

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